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Liberty States Conference

The 2nd annual Liberty States Fiction Writers Create Something Magical conference was even better than the first.  First of all, there was no monsoon this year.  Secondly, the event was just plain fantastic!

Attendees raved about workshops covering topics from dialogue, voice, editing, pitching, marketing and promotion. With a line-up of terrific speakers including Jonathan Maberry, Virginia Kantra,  and Sarah Wendell of Smart Bitches, Trashy Books, that wasn’t a surprise. One of my favorites was the Building Your Brand workshop with Angela James of Carina Press.  I couldn’t take notes fast enough, and nearly two hours went by all too quickly.  Kathy Fawcett and I shot, stabbed, kicked and choked each other in our own Kick Butt Heroes workshop.

One of the most exciting and nerve-wracking parts of a conference is the pitching experience.  Despite a New York train snafu, appointments with agents and editors went smoothly, and more than one writer emerging with that I-just-got-a-request post-pitch glow.

Mary Janice Davidson’s keynote speech was hilarious. She reminded us all that book publishing isn’t as sexy as we’d like to believe.  It’s always wonderful to hear that a New York Times Best had to wait for The Call just like the rest of us.

The day was topped off, like the whipped cream on a sundae, with a book fair that was open to the public. Readers had loads of time to buy books and talk with their favorite authors.

And, did I mention, there was no monsoon this year?

I’d like to thank all the volunteers.  Without you, the event would not have been possible.  Mark your calendars for March 17, 2012, and plan to visit New Jersey (it’s not like Jersey Shore, we promise) when paranormal romance author Larissa Ione gives the keynote speech at the next Create Something Magical conference.

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The Kick Butt Heroes Workshop

Kathy, Rayna and I will be giving our Kick Butt Heroes Workshop both at the Liberty States Fiction Writers Create Something Magical Conference on March 19, 2011 in Iselin, New Jersey and at the Romance Writers of America National Conference in New York City June 28 – July 2, 2011.

The workshop will cover some fighting and writing basics, plus a whole lot of punching, stabbing, shooting and choking.  Good times, huh?  We’ll demonstrate some inventive ways to get your characters out of hairy situations, like having a gun barrel pressed against her temple or a knife held to his throat.  Not only will we show how a trained fighter would respond, but also how a novice might escape.  Practical defenses will be covered, as well as some more theatrical maneuvers.  We’ll change up the techniques each time, so no two workshops will be alike.  If you’re attending either conference, join us for an exciting hour.

And don’t forget, we’re running a critique contest this week.  Entries will be accepted through this Thursday, Feb 10th.  Send in your (500 word max) action scene and we’ll chose one lucky (brave) soul for a critique.  See last Thursday’s post, Calling to Action, for details.